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Who’s Liable in a Trucking Accident?

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Determining liability in a trucking accident can be more complicated than a passenger car accident, since there are multiple parties involved anytime a commercial vehicle gets into an accident. Learn about the various parties that may be held liable in a trucking accident to make sure you’re informed on the road.

Determining a Liable Party

Since most trucks are commercial vehicles, there are several parties involved in their trips, cargo, maintenance, and more. Below are three parties who may be liable in a trucking accident.

The Driver

Commercial vehicle drivers are expected to operate their vehicles lawfully and carefully. They are subject to unique federal laws, including strict hours-of-service regulations and a lower legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at 0.04%, compared to typical motorists’ legal limit of 0.08%. If a commercial driver operates their truck or vehicle irresponsibly and their actions cause a crash, they may be held liable for the accident. Actions such as these include breaking traffic laws, voluntarily exceeding the hours-of-service regulations, driving while distracted or intoxicated, and more.

The Driver’s Company

Proving a trucking company is the liable party in an accident can be more difficult than placing blame on the driver. Typically, your personal injury attorney will attempt to prove that the driver’s company did not complete inspections, did not follow safety regulations, or required the driver to operate longer than hours-of-service laws, all of which may have led to dangerous driving conditions and ultimately, an accident.

The Vehicle’s Manufacturer

If a defect in the commercial vehicle causes an accident, the truck’s manufacturer may be held liable. Tire blowout, brake failure, and mechanical failure are all examples of potential vehicle manufacturer liability.

Hit by a Truck? We Can Protect Your Rights

Trucking accidents can be incredibly dangerous due to the sheer size and weight of these vehicles. If you have been injured in a trucking accident that wasn’t your fault, you don’t have to suffer in silence. At Wagner Reese, we have been fighting for the rights of injured individuals and their families throughout Indiana for decades.

We can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact Wagner Reese at (888) 204-8440 for a free initial case evaluation.

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